NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 14th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (14-39) at Indiana Pacers (27-24) 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers continue their season-long six-game homestand this evening at Conseco Fieldhouse against the Memphis Grizzlies, a team who has never beaten them as the visitor.
Memphis has traveled to Indiana 10 times in franchise history and each time has left with a defeat. The club has also been bad in general this season on the road, having lost three in a row and 13 of 14 away from Memphis.
The two clubs will meet for the second and final time this season. Indiana took the first battle on February 3 in Memphis and have won four of the last five games in the series.
The Pacers dropped the first three games of their homestand before defeating the Clippers on Sunday. Jermaine O'Neal scored a team-high 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds as lift Indiana over Los Angeles, 94-80.
Mike Dunleavy chipped in with 20 points and Marquis Daniels contributed 14 points and five rebounds for the Pacers, who will play their last game before this weekend's All-Star break. Indiana will wrap its homestand after the break next Wednesday against Milwaukee.
The Pacers received a scare on Sunday when forward Danny Granger was taken off the floor in a stretcher after taking an accidental elbow to the back of his neck and falling to the floor in the third quarter. Granger had tests taken on his neck that were negative and he was later released from Methodist Hospital.
He is listed as day-to-day with a sore neck, but according to Indiana's Web site is expected to play tonight.
The Pacers come into the contest with a healthy 16-10 mark at home this year and are 5 1/2 games behind Detroit for the lead in the Central Division.
The Grizzlies concluded a home-and-home set with New Orleans/Oklahoma City Tuesday, taking the second tilt on the road. Mike Miller poured in 22 points and Hakim Warrick scored six straight points with under two minutes to play to lead Memphis over the Hornets, 108-104.
Chucky Atkins ended with 19 points and Rudy Gay had 18 for the Grizzlies, who won for the second time in three contests. Memphis lost the first game of the series at home on Saturday, 114-99.
Guard Damon Stoudamire is questionable for tonight's game because of flu-like symptoms.
Tonight's matchup is the first of a four-game road trip for Memphis, with the next three games of the trek coming after the All-Star break. The club will resume the swing Tuesday in Seattle as it will try to work on its league-worst 3-22 road mark.
02/14 10:43:02 ET